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Deo Gratias


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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  • The lovely mass I attended at Northwestern University. What a great community! The priest’s words were so thoughtful.
  • Pope Francis’ book The Joy of the Gospel, which I just finished reading. There’s something for everyone. So inspiring and practical.
  • My friend Kasia. I’ve known her since high school and we rarely can get together. We had a nice, long lunch this week.
  • My friend Kevin. I worked with him years ago and we’ve stayed friends. We have different political views but can discuss issues civilly. Also, he finds all these interesting places to visit and books to read. I always come home enriched with a long list of things to do.
  • For this long vacation, which has given me time to visit my aunt while she’s in rehab about 6 days a week. I know it can get boring in these places.
  • One more – for the film Forbidden Games. It’s set in WWII and shows how children coped with the war. The child actors were so natural. A simple and stunning film.
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Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude!” Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  1. Pope Francis’ book The Joy of the Gospel. I read a little each day and it uplifts and enlightens me. His writing is full of love, joy and wisdom.
  2. Health. With so much talk of the measles, I’m happy to be healthy and able to go out and visit my aunt.
  3. That I had the time and opportunity to finish my script and overcame the problems with my printer so that I could send it off to a television producer who agreed to read it. It takes a miracle to get something read and newcomers have such poor odds at breaking in to television so I’m thankful that someone would read it. Please pray for the story’s success.
  4. Pumpkin croissants. A new delectable breakfast treat from Trader Joe’s.
  5. The Great British Baking Show. It’s a wonderful program the whole family can watch. I’ve learned so much about baking–and creativity.

Deo Gratias


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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  • A warm house on these cold days. It’s frigid outside and I know some people must battle the cold in the winter. I’m grateful to have a warm, cosy home.
  • The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis. I saw this book on the new book shelf at my library and had to check it out. I’ve read about 20% of it and love it. It’s full of wisdom and challenges for Catholics. I really think every Catholic should read it and it would be best if each parish hosted a discussion group about the book.
  • The quiet of the post Christmas season. I’ve become grateful for the days after Christmas that are quiet and still close to the holiday. The nativity is still fresh in my mind and something I can reflect on as our home decorations are still up. Sad to say, but in December Christmas gets lost in the shuffle all too often. Now that the shopping and secular holiday thrills are gone, I feel I can savor the most important aspects of Christmas.
  • Christmas hymns. This is the best season for singing at mass. I love all the songs: O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, The First Nowell, etc.
  • Old friends. I’ve been able to meet up with a few old friends now that I’m back in the US. It’s a joy to chat and share with people I’ve known so long.

Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  1. The lovely weather. It’s a bit cool. Maybe you need a sweater, but I’ve gone without. It’s warm enough to go without yet not so hot that you’re uncomfortable.
  2. The Count of Monte Christo, my book club’s book for May and June. I read a selection of it in grade school and just didn’t get into it. Now Sandra suggested it and I’m so glad she did. I’d have never gone back to it. Now I’m enthralled. Such a thrilling tale of an innocent man trapped by other’s lies, ambitions and plots.
  3. That my students are loving Les Miserables. We’re reading a version simplified for ESL students. I’m in heaven sharing this book with them.
  4. The patience God is teaching me to have. By nature, I don’t like to wait and was terrible at it when I was younger. Now I’m getting better and it’s not because I’ve read a book or seen Oprah — fine as such things may be — it’s just God working within me.
  5. The Pope. I like him. I’ve heard some picky friends worry that he’s going to to steer us into the direction the press wants him to go, but while I think the press confuses what Pope Francis says pastorally with theology, I believe God is working through him. We’re living in a difficult time, some call it a Post-Christian era. I trust that God has given us the right leader for our times.

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